Merlin Gideon Lynaa

Fantasy Author and Researcher


Merlin Gideon Gray

I was born in Western Cape Province, South Africa and moved around quite a bit before settling in France, with my family, at age 5. There were always many books in the house and around age 12 I started reading them. Fantasy immediately took my fancy over any other genre and thus that is what I mainly read. Being multilingual, I read mainly in English but sometimes French or Afrikaans thus giving a large variety to my interests in the Fantasy genre.

My favourite series in English has to be Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle and in French La Quête d’Ewilan by Pierre Bottero.

This love for Fantasy turned into a passion for writing when I was about 14 and developed into my first novels in High School. My first ever completed novel was Chroniques d’une âme en peine in French. Shortly followed by Fur, Fang and Claw. In 2015, I completed Les Etoiles (French) during the NaNoWriMo. In 2016, A Fox of Hope was written during the NaNoWriMo of that year. That same year I wrote A Brave New World during the CampNaNo.

My passion for Fantasy took me all the way to writing a Master’s Thesis on The Representations of Magic in Contemporary Anglophone Fantasy with a case study of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians. Published and available now.

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